Words of the Year 1990-2011
Every year at their annual conference, the American Dialect Society votes on and announces its Word of the Year. This practice began in 1990 and has included Words of the Decade (web for the ’90s and google for the ’00s), Word of the Century (jazz), and Word of the Millennium (she). With every year’s announcement, controversy ensues. Of course. Because people love to debate such things.
Below is an infographic with all the Words of the Year to date. Feel free to share it and feel free to share your opinions of the various selections. If you’d like more information on the words themselves, the reasons for their selection, and/or the various other words that were in contention, please visit the website of the American Dialect Society, which has all this and more.
The WOTY for 2012 won’t be announced for another month or so, and the debate has already begun. Ben Zimmer gives his nominations here. They include: malarkey, self-deportation, fiscal cliff, 47 percent, pink slime, Gangnam style, YOLO, and selfie. What’s your pick? Something not on that list? Let’s make our predictions early!